Die-cutting Essentials

Die-cutting Essentials 31 hits the shelves tomorrow!

22nd November 2017


Die-cutting Essentials 31 hits the shelves tomorrow!

Issue 31 of Die-cutting Essentials hits the shelves on Thursday 23rd November and this month’s FREE Sparkling Snowflakes die set is not to be missed!

Once more, the Die-cutting Essentials team has been squirrelling away to bring you another issue crammed with inspiration, and this time we’ve got innovative die-cutting techniques, new ways to stretch your stash and brand-new products from the likes of Kaisercraft, Spellbinders and Lawn Fawn.

Most of us have finished our Christmas projects, so in this issue we’re turning our attention to winter warmers, fab florals and welcoming 2018! We’re bringing you our Sparkling Snowflakes die set worth £19.99! This detailed die duo features an intricate panel and also a co-ordinating outline die, which lends itself to a range of die-cutting techniques.


You can find Simonne Clay’s stylish makes over on page 11, and Sandra Rayner has worked her magic to create fabulous off-the-page projects over on page 71.


In this issue, we invited Suzie Candlin to create fun party projects to bring in the new year with a bang – and boy did she deliver! These accessories are easy to make and can be tweaked to work for any celebration. Here’s Suzie’s cool blog project!


Party hats


metallic Cricut acetate

Cricut Maker™ electronic die-cutting machine

Design Space™ online software & device

Cricut Scraper, Vinyl Applicator & Spatula tools

hot-glue gun

glitter pompoms



1 Connect to Design Space, open a new project and search for and select ‘New Year’s Eve Kids Party Hats’ in the library. Click customise to resize is necessary; otherwise click ‘Make it’.

2 Cut the images from acetate sheets, selecting the appropriate setting from the ‘Custom’ material settings and remove each die-cut image from the cutting mat.

3 Carefully bend the hat into a cone shape and use the hot-glue to secure it. Add pompoms to the hat and attach elastic to the sides to finish.

This is the perfect opportunity to share a sneak peek of next issue’s free gift! We’re hopping into spring with our Woodland Friends 7-piece die and stamp set – this must-have gift also has co-ordinating digital papers and sentiments to inspire you!


Keep your eyes peeled for this issue, which goes on sale 21st December – there’s no better way to spoil yourself this Christmas!

Don’t forget to keep in touch to share your crafty makes and stories; you could be in with a chance of winning our Star Letter prize!

Happy die-cutting!

Natalie Helyer



Die-Cutting Essentials 29 Christmas Scene

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